Do you have a frequently runny nose? Do you also have nasal stuffiness?
How about these symptoms?
- Post-nasal drip
- Trouble sleeping due to nasal symptoms
It's called rhinitis, and when your symptoms occur frequently, it’s known as Chronic Rhinitis. The symptoms are caused by inflammation of the mucous membranes in your nose, which can be triggered by allergic and non-allergic sources.
Allergic Rhinitis, also known as hay fever, results from non-infectious triggers such as pollens, molds, dust mites, and animal dander. When you have a sensitivity to these triggers, your immune system responds by releasing chemicals that dilate blood vessels in your nose, resulting in:
- Swollen Membranes
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat
Non-Allergic Rhinitis, also called vasomotor rhinitis, doesn’t involve your immune system. The results are similar to allergic rhinitis, though the exact cause is unknown. Triggers for non-allergic rhinitis can include:
- Strong odors
- Chemical fumes
- Changes in the weather, especially the cold
- Cigarette smoke
- Foods & beverages
- Underlying health problems
- Hormone changes
- Certain medications
No matter what triggers your Chronic Rhinitis, the result is the same - suffering from runny nose and congestion!